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VOL. 4 | ISSUE 1 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS APRIL APR 4-10, 2012 INSIDE: $6.2 MILLION FOR MILLS MANSION | THE GREAT TRAIN WRECK OF 1912 | HAYWORTH MEETS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS PRICE: $1.00 106TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT RACE GETTING CROWDED Help a salamander cross the road page 17 Wager concedes, Barrett takes Assembly seat page 4 Rhinebeck’s snowy Easter Egg Hunt page 16 THIS WEEK’S WEATHER: HOPPING GOOD Candidates for the 106th Assembly include (from left) Dave Byrne, Alyssa Kogon, Stephan Krakower, Yancy McArthur and Jonathan Smith. Courtesy and file photos. BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON With more than seven months to go until Election Day, the race for the 106th Assembly District is already off to a fast start, with a number of local political veterans vying for the seat. Five candidates have already officially announced that they will run or are considering running for the seat. With brand-new district lines for 2013 recently approved and an entrenched incumbent set to retire at the end of this year, it truly is anyone’s game at this point. On the Democratic side, Alyssa Kogon, the Democratic Committee chairwoman for the Town of Clinton and 2010 Assembly candidate, and Jonathan Smith, a Hyde Park resident who ran for A Assembly in 2008, have both announced their candidacies. In addition, there are currently three Republicans hoping to be the 106th District’s next assemblyman. So far, former Milan Councilman Dave Byrne and Town of Poughkeepsie Councilman Stephan Krakower, a local attorney, have announced they will run for the seat. Former Hyde Park Supervisor Yancy McArthur is also running and hoping to drum up enough support at the Dutchess County Republican Committee Convention on May 10 for his own candidacy, though McArthur has said he will not challenge fellow Republicans in a primary. The newly configured 106th Assembly District map, which goes into effect in 2013, includes the Dutchess County communities of Milan, Pine Plains, North East, Hyde Park, Clinton, Stanford, Amenia, Pleasant Valley and TO SUBSCRIBE Send check to P.O. Box 268, H Hyde Park, NY 12538 $42 in county/year, $56 out of county/year the Town of Poughkeepsie, as well as 11 municipalities in Columbia County, including the City of Hudson. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Joel Miller, a Republican who has represented Poughkeepsie and the surrounding area since 1994, announced he will retire at the end of his term on Dec. 31. Throughout his career, Miller has consistently been re-elected every other year for 18 years, and his impending retirement seems to have galvanized candidates on both sides of the aisle. This week, Hudson Valley News caught up with two of the candidates, Byrne and Smith. We plan to feature articles on each candidate in the coming weeks, so look for additional profiles in upcoming issues. >> continued on next page FIND US ONLINE: WISE GUY, EH? Rhinebeck’s Charles Wessler talks about producing “The Three Stooges” and teases a ‘Dumb’ revival in the works Traitors on stage; The King comes to Rhinebeck; Moonwalk on the Walkway PLUS: Art, entertainment events through April


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